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A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels On his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod,and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.” – 1 Samuel 17:1-7
Can you imagine…
holding a rod with a fifteen pound tip? Think about throwing a spear like that. How strong you would have to be? Again the contrasts are unbelievable. When God allows you to come against devils, demons, spirits, struggles, disease, heartache, economic pressure, need for a new job, whatever it may be, He’s just setting you up. While the odds do not appear in your favor, God is!
“Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” – 1 Samuel 17:8-10
And this is the key verse . . . “On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” – 1 Samuel 17:11
Fear Factor Or Faith Factor?
David was exactly that . . a man following after God’s own heart, eager to find out exactly what God wanted to do in his life. While human fear was writing the headlines before the battle even began, David was only interested in God’s report and guidance. Let’s take a look at one the earliest defining moments of his life . .
So what happened? What they heard affected them with fear and dismay. In other words, they allowed what they heard to release a spirit of fear inside of them. They were listening to the wrong news source with the wrong ears. They weren’t walking by faith, but by sight.
When David arrives on the scene Goliath makes yet another one of his numerous appearances. He’s standing on the hillside. He’s berating the army of God. He’s challenging. Meanwhile, Saul has lost his anointing and is paralyzed in fear of this enemy. So who will confront this enemy? It will require a man of courage and a man with the anointing of God. We must have more anointing now than we’ve ever had before.
Who’s going to confront the situations that we’re facing in the church . . in our society? Who’s going to seek an anointing to break every yoke? I hope it will be you?
that he cannot wage war in his own strength. David heard the same taunts from Goliath as the army of Israel. . .but he listened with ears of faith. Let’s, let’s look at what it says there in verse twenty-three . .
“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.”
Let me ask you a question. What are you hearing? Beyond that, what are you repeating? Many times are problems are strengthened due to what are listening to. And other times our enemies find access to us through our own confession. What are you hearing? What are you repeating? Whate you repeat will often define your life at the most crucial of times. God’s desire is for you to build yourself up, to give you ears to hear His Word and to face your giants.
What a contrast . . King Saul is sitting there and he can’t change anything because of the fear that has crippled him. Then a 15 year old teen full of faith comes along. His name is David . . David, just a little guy that knows a very big God.
David may have been small in stature but had the faith of the biggest person alive.
David heard Goliath’s words and did not believe those words. He heard the voice of condemnation, lies, hopelessness, and the spirit of intimidation. David could have responded like everyone else. But David had his own source of faith.
He believed God instead!
I hope you will.